FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee for therapy?

I charge $150.00 for the initial therapy assessment and intake. This session lasts about 75-90 minutes. The breakdown is: $132.74 + 17.26 (HST) = $150.00

All follow-up appointments are $130.00 (115.04 + $14.96 HST).

How can I pay you?
  1. I prefer payment via etransfer to lifespringcounselling@gmail.com
  2. I can accept credit card payments
Are you covered by my benefits company?

RP’s have been a regulated profession under the ministry of health for approximately 5 years now so many benefit companies recognize my registration number and will reimburse you the cost of therapy up to the amount on your plan (often this is 5-6 sessions depending on your company).

My policy is that you pay for your session at the time of your session and I will provide you with an official receipt with my registration number- you can submit this to your company to be reimbursed. 

If you are hoping to have your sessions reimbursed, please check with your plan. The one problem that some clients face is that the plan only covers Psychologist. You can advocate with your employer to have RP’s added under counselling services as many therapists, myself included charge less per session and therefore you can have more sessions covered for the same cost.  It also gives you much more choice to find the right therapist for you.  If you would like a letter with my College Registration number, please let me know.

What types of therapies have you been trained in?

I have been practicing Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy for about 10 years.

More recently I have begun practicing body-mind therapies to stabilize the body and emotions. I have earned a certificate in Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (2015) taught by Dr. Janina Fisher. In this course she references the work of all the top trauma specialists such as Bessel Van der Kolk, Judith Herman, Pat Ogden, and Dan Siegel to name a few.

A special interest of mine is to provide Holistic care- body-mind-soul.  To honor this vision for my practice I earned a certificate in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health taught by Dr. Leslie Korn (2019). This course has qualified me to provide psychoeducation on ways to care for your body through nutrition, movement, supplements, and medications that could improve your therapeutic outcomes. I practice this in collaboration with Medical Dr.’s, and integrative practitioners to ensure your safety in treating biological components of mental health.

Even though I understand that nutrition, therapeutic movement, supplements and medications are a foundational piece of the puzzle to wellness, my philosophy of care is that in less you understand your emotions, resolve conflicts in your relationships and change your patterns and habits, you will continue to have imbalances in your body. While a small portion of people need medications for their lifetime, many people can recover as they discover new ways of practicing self-awareness, self-care, soul care and managing how they react to triggering events. At some point you must do the psychological work to experience true freedom! When you are ready, I am here for you.

How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy is determined by you and your goals – however, on average most client’s benefit from 9-12 sessions spaced over time. It honestly depends on what your goals are and how long you need to resolve any obstacles or challenges you face. Therapy takes patience and trusting the process (and me).

The length of therapy can also depend on the nature and intensity of the anxiety, depression and trauma you are facing. Obviously, the longer you have lived in chaos and stress the longer it will probably take resolve the concerns that bring you to therapy.

The length of therapy also depends on your readiness for therapy. As I have mentioned through out my webpage, it is hard work. You might not be ready to really tackle the painful areas of your life and that is ok!  You can benefit from brief therapy models that usually last 3-6 sessions. This would allow you to get a professional perspective and to add a few tools to your emotional tool belt. You can always come back at another time- the door is always open.

Some people after meeting their initial goals and seeing progress like to keep meeting every 4-6 weeks as part of their self-care plan. It gives them time in their schedule to reflect on their month and for us to address anything that may have come up. We are busy and so sometimes important emotions or events get pushed aside- this helps keep short accounts and our new habits in place.  Other people know they have a particularly difficult time of year, so they book ahead to check-in.  It really depends on you!

I have never done therapy before. What can I expect?

Well I am glad you are here and have the courage to jump in! The very first session is called an intake session. In this session we will meet for a bit over an hour. The first step is that we will review my business polices and practices and we will both sign a contract that is called informed consent. This is a great chance for you to ask me any questions about myself and the therapy process.

The next part might feel a bit like an interview. I have an intake form and we will go over it together. This is called an assessment. It lets me get to know you better in the context of your life. It also makes sure that we have a good foundation to beginning a therapy journey.

The third part of the assessment/intake session is for me to understand your concerns and for us to flush out your goals (don’t worry if you haven’t completely formulated your goals- I will help you! I have lots of strategies to help gives us a direction). These goals are what will guide our sessions together.

After a few sessions we will reflect on where you were and where you are going to make sure we are on track.  At that time, we can decide if you would benefit from meeting every 2 or 3 weeks instead of weekly.

If you have met your goal, we can either work towards ending therapy o if a new concern surfaced (which is common) then we work towards resolving that concern.




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(519) 329-6988

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